For anyone out there trying to find that perfect balance between a work out and a healthy mind, I can’t recommend The Simple Everyday Reformer Pilates studio enough. It has, hand-on-heart, changed so many areas of my life. Yes, I know how corny I sound — but that’s how I feel, so DEAL WITH IT.
When COVID-19 hit, I was devastated that I would have to stop heading along to my happy place. Now, they’re finally up and running again and the team has taken every single precaution possible to make sure its clean and safe for us all to head in and get a sweat up again.
In the spirit of being completely open and hopefully inspiring someone to give reformer Pilates a go, here are the changes that I’ve noticed since starting at The Simple Everyday (formerly Club Rhythm), roughly one and a half years ago.
This is numero uno for a very good reason. In the past, I’ve always used running as my emotional outlet, whenever my brain feels crowded. Running can be really isolating though, so now when I’m feeling a little overwhelmed by this crazy thing called life I book into Pilates instead. From then on I’m held accountable, so I don’t skip out if I’m feeling a bit crappy, and the second I walk through the doors to see the smiling faces of Magda, Nic, Leon or Alice, I feel like I’m in a safe and accepting space. After 50 minutes of reformer Pilates with no phone, no judgement, and no thinking, everything feels a little clearer.
I never started reformer Pilates with the intention of changing my body, because I didn’t really see a need for change. After a few months though, there is absolutely no doubt that my waist is a little tighter, my arms have a bit more definition, and things are looking a little more ‘peachy’, if you get my drift. It’s not an in-your-face difference (probably because I can never say no to a bowl of pasta), but it feels good to look in the mirror and see a strong body looking back.
Speaking of strong — I’ve come a long way since first starting at The Simple Everyday. There is absolutely no pressure to do anything but your absolute best. Sure, in the beginning I could only plank for 10 seconds on my knees before collapsing in a heap, but slowly and surely I’ve built up my strength so now I’m flying along for the full set up on my toes. As long as you give it your best, you’ll discover muscles you didn’t even know you had with the gentle coaching of the instructors.
When I first started I was so paranoid that I wouldn’t be able to keep up or do all the exercises, and I feared judgement from the other people in the class. I quickly learned that literally no one cares what you wear, or how much you can do — and everyone is quick to support you or show you how to do something if you need help. Best of all, everyone is open to a bit of a laugh during an especially difficult set of work which makes you feel like you’re all in it together.
A completely unexpected benefit of Pilates is that no matter who is in my life or what my relationship status is, I have this constant thing that is all mine, that makes me feel confident and strong. I didn’t realise how important it was for me to have something external that boosted the old self-esteem every once in a while.
This is a fun one — I first started Pilates with the Adelady girls, and a lot of my workout came from clutching my stomach muscles as they ached from laughter. I started telling everyone about it and since then, my best friend has also done some classes at The Simple Everyday! We still get the giggles when we show up to the same class and have a power catch-up before we get started. It’s such a nice way to stay connected when we’re both crazy busy.
I am really, really, REALLY grateful to have discovered this space — and I think you’ll feel the same, after just a couple of visits.